Here’s the latest news in Australian musical theatre

CURRENT SHOWS

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors (from May 25th- 29th)

NEW SOUTH WALES
Hayes Theatre: Xanadu
Lyric Theatre: We Will Rock You
State Theatre: Georgy Girl

VICTORIA
Arts Centre Melbourne: Heathers
Comedy Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors
Her Majesty’s Theatre: Singin’ in the Rain
The Princess Theatre: Matilda
The Regent Theatre: The Sound of Music

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Crown Theatre: Ghost

WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND AUSTRALIAN THEATRES?

Avenue Q
The Australian Avenue Q cast has been announced to play at Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne from August 3rd to 14th. The cast will be headlined by Ross Hannaford (CATS) and Sophie Wright (WICKED). Tickets on sale now through Ticketek.

Ross Hannaford Avenue Q   Sophie Wright Ave Q

For more information about the show:  https://www.facebook.com/AvenueQMelbourne/

 

Rehearsals: Songs for a New World
The Australian cast of Songs for a New World began rehearsals for their upcoming shows on May 16th. Written and composed by American Jason Robert Brown, Songs For A New World tells the story of a multitude of characters through songs such as “I’m Not Afraid of Anything” and “I’d Give it All For You”.

The Australian cast consists of Linden Furnell (La Cage Aux Folle, Rent), John James O’Hara (Rock of Ages, WICKED), Natalie O’Donnell (Mamma Mia, Les Miserables) and Teagan Wouters (Dirty Dancing, Fiddler on the Roof).

Tickets available at: http://songsau.com.au

Theatre People currently have a ticket competition running. If you would like to enter go to:
https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/win-tickets-songs-new-world/

Songs for a new world cast

 

Follies in Concert

The Australian cast of Follies in Concert will be performing 3 shows only at The Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday the 24th and Wednesday the 25th of May.

The cast is lead by David Hobson, Lisa McCune, Nancye Hayes, Philip Quast, Anne Wood, Debra Byrne, Bert and Patti Newton and Queenie van de Zandt.

Tickets available at: http://www.folliesinconcert.com.au

Follies promo

 

Australian Theatre Football Day

On Monday, 16th May the Australian theatre community banded together in Melbourne to host its annual footy fundraiser for Beyond Blue. This year an amazing $1,700.00 was raised. Thank you to everyone involved.

Footy match

 

Lucy Maunder to join Matilda Cast

Lucy Maunder (Dr Zhivago, Grease, Heathers) will be joining the Australian cast of Matilda for their Brisbane and Perth seasons, taking over the role from Elise McCann in the role of Matilda’s teacher, Miss Honey.

https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/lucy-maunder-matilda/

PLEASE CREDIT 2016 JIM LEE PHOTO

Photo: JIM LEE

A letter from our Equity President Chloë Dallimore

To read the full letter regarding the increasing number of imported performers taking leading roles click here: https://www.theatrepeople.com.au/imports/

 

OPENING SHOWS

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors runs from May 25th to 29th for seven shows only.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Crown Theatre: Ghost’s first WA show will be May 21st.

 

CLOSING SHOWS

VICTORIA
Comedy Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors

 

AUSTRALIAN PERFORMER SPECIAL MENTIONS

Ana Marina CD launch
Ana Marina’s CD launch was held at the Spring Hill Reservoir, Brisbane on Thursday the 19th May. It was a brilliant night as Ana performed all ten songs from her CD which included five songs written by Ana herself. The CD “HAUNTED” draws on Ana’s life experiences and feelings combined with some covers of her personal favourites and songs she has performed throughout her vast musical theatre career.

Before each song, Ana explained the meaning of the songs to her and with her originals how they come to be written. The audience was very receptive and voiced their enjoyment throughout the evening. After the show, Ana spent time signing her CD’s, posing for photos and chatting to everyone.

 

Suzie Mathers to play Glinda on the West End production of WICKED
Scottish born, Australian theatrical expat Suzie Mathers will reprise the role of Glinda in WICKED UK’s 10th Anniversary celebrations. Suzie will join the cast from September 5th 2016. Wicked will celebrate 10 years on the West End on Tuesday, September 27th 2016.

Suzie Mathers Wicked

AUSSIES ABROAD

Australia Sings!
On Sunday, July 10th performers from Australia will be performing in their own concert titled Australia Sings!. Held in New York at 54 Below, the night promises to be a great one. Performers include Hayden Tee (Les Miserables) and Matthew Lee Robinson (Atlantis).
For more information and ticket information please head to their event page.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1018153004898615/?ti=icl

 

Les Miserables Singapore
The acclaimed international cast of Les Miserables begins performances in Singapore on May 31st 2016. The season runs until July 17th at The Esplanade Theatre. Australian’s in the show are: Simon Gleeson (Jean Valjean), Patrice Tipoki (Fantine), Kerrie Anne Greenland (Eponine), Chris Durling (Enjolras), Emily Langridge (Cosette),Helen Walsh (Madam Thenardier)  Kieran McGinlay (Gavroche), Callum Hobson (Gavroche), Sebastian Witt (Gavroche), Chloe De Los Santos (Young Cosette), Venice Harris (Young Cosette), Claudia Ballen (Young Eponine/ Ensemble) and Mabel Tamone (Young Eponine/ Ensemble.

The Australian adult cast members making up the ensemble are; Billy Bourchier, Hugo Chiarella, Melanie Cornell, Mischana Delora- Cornish, Blake Erickson, Tamlyn Henderson, Liam McIlwain, Adèle Parkinson, Joel Parnis and Michaela Powell.

Tickets are available from: http://www.lesmis.com/singapore/

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